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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Trayvon Martin’s parents coming to Capitol Hill

The parents of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen shot and killed last month by a neighbor, plan to appear Tuesday afternoon at a Capitol Hill forum on racial profiling and hate crimes.


Trayvon Martin's parents--Tracy Martin, left, and Sybrina Fulton, right--at a rally last Wednesday in New York. (Mary Altaffer - AP)
Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton will attend, but are not expected to speak at the forum, titled “Protecting a ‘Suspect’ Community: Forum on Racial Profiling, Federal Hate Crimes Enforcement and ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws.”

The session is hosted by the 13 Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee. It was requested by Rep. Federica Wilson (D-Fla.), who represents Sanford, Fla., where the shooting occurred. Scheduled speakers include NAACP President Ben Jealous, 100 Black Men of America Chairman Albert E. Dotson Jr. and representatives of the Human Rights Campaign and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

It was not immediately clear whether Republican members of the Judiciary Committee plan to attend the forum; a formal notice of the meeting did not list GOP lawmakers.

The hearing comes as the attorney for George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Martin, said Monday that Martin initiated the confrontation, beating his client so badly he suffered a broken nose and injuries to the back of his head.

Martin’s parents and their attorney disputed the account.“There is absolutely no evidence of anything like that except Zimmerman’s word,” Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Martin’s parents, said in an interview with The Post’s Sari Horwitz. “Trayvon isn’t here to give you his version because Zimmerman shot and killed him.”

Here’s a quick look at what I’m reading today and what else is going on around Washington:

Democrats release budget to compete with Ryan plan (by Rosalind S. Helderman at The Washington Post): It’s a $3.7 trillion plan designed to present an alternative vision to a spending plan proposed last week by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (Wisc.).

House conservatives to unveil budget which balances books faster (by Erik Wasson in The Hill): “The new Republican Study Committee (RSC) spending plan has deeper cuts than the group’s budget for last year, which would have balanced the budget in nine years.”

Both Rubio books hitting shelves June 19 (by Darius Dixon at Politico): A biography of the Florida senator by The Washington Post’s Manuel Roig-Franzia was scheduled for a July 3 release. Now it will be released June 19, matching the accelerated publication of Rubio’s autobiography.

Republicans seeking out Hispanics (by Alexander Bolton at The Hill): “Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), the only Senate Republican of Hispanic heritage and a possible vice presidential pick, is working on an alternative version of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants who came to the country at a young age and serve in the military or attend college.”

Support in U.S. for Afghan War Drops Sharply, Poll Finds (by Elisabeth Bumiller and Allison Kopicki in The New York Times): “The survey found that more than two-thirds of those polled — 69 percent — thought that the United States should not be at war in Afghanistan. Just four months ago, 53 percent said that Americans should no longer be fighting in the conflict, which is more than a decade old.”

What did we miss? Leave links and other story tips in the comments section below.

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